For my first grow I chose an autoflowering strain from Lowlife called Auto AK47. I chose this strain for a couple reasons. One is due to my small space to grow in. I built a box from 1/2 inch play wood, approximately 30in wide X 22in deep X 48in tall. Another is my limited budget. I chose the 150 watt HPS mini system from floralux and mylar for the walls. At just under $150 US dollars and a very small unit, im happy with my choice for now. However, I am starting to think about upgrading to a remote ballast 400 watt hps system in the near future. There is a 100cfm intake fan at the bottom of the box. I use an 80 cfm can fan to exhaust the air from the light shroud. There is an internal 6in circulation fan. Here are a couple pictures of my setup:
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For soil I am using an organic mix from Happy Frog (FoxFarm). I also chose to use the FoxFarm nutrient system (GrowBig, BigBloom and TigerBloom). For my first grow I will be following their feeding instructions until I can get some input from you guys. Since the strain I am growing will flower automatically, I think I will have to change up the schedule a little so the flowers have the proper nutrients. Any help here would be much appreciated.
I purchased the 10 seeds from a UK shop online. I don't know if I am allowed to say from who on here, so I wont. If you guys want more info on that let me know. After the "Stealth" shipping and costs I ended up spending $78 US dollars total. Also, the Auto AK47 seems to be the only mostly sativa autoflowering strain I could find, which I prefer to smoke over an indica. There was a pleasant surprise of 1 free White Widow Feminized seed and 5 free Thai Super Skunk seeds in my package. I will use them for cross breeding some autoflowers later. The Thai is a mostly sativa strain also which should make for a nice cross.
Ok, so I started this journal late and need to get caught up. The plants live in 7L pots that have vent holes in the bottom for run off and breathing. I have been giving the plants 200 ml (about 1 cup) of water w/ nutrients everyday since the seeds sprouted. As of today the plants are 22 days old. I started with 10 seeds. Out of the 10 seeds I chose 6 of them to germinate using the paper towel method. Out of those 6, 5 germinated. Since one failed, of course I had to germinate another. After all, I have room for 6 and I love bud! So the more the marrier. Oh yea, and by law I am only allowed to have 6 mature plants.
I have since removed one male. I had 2 males so I threw on away and kept the strong beautiful one so I can get some seeds from my first run. Out of the 4 females, only 2 have started flowering. I am kind of bummed about the other 2. One of them is a runt and the other, though it is short, is more full then any of them. It is going to be a little tank. They will be fine im sure. From the looks of them they will start flowering any day now.
Well, here are some pics of the plants from week 1 to week 3. Sorry about my camera not being so good. I can not get very good close up shots with it so I will have to rely on the forums to trouble shoot my own plroblems. I have started to notice some yellowing of leaf tips (very slight) and a couple lower leaves have started showing signs faint signs of starting to yellow. I am thinking nute burn so I am going to start to only water every other day with fresh water only (no nutes) for a little while and see what happens.
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Any comments and suggestions are welcome. I will be back shortly and will give weekly photo updates unless theres a request for pics. I have no problem updating anyone on some photos. Take it easy, see ya soon!
Edited by BtNugs, 24 June 2009 - 03:36 AM.